The weapons expert facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in the deadly shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin‘s film ‘Rust’ is facing a separate gun charge in an unrelated incident.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was indicted on Thursday in New Mexico on a charge of unlawfully carrying a firearm in a licensed liquor establishment, just weeks before Rust’s cinematographer was shot and killed on October 21, 2021.
An attorney for Gutierrez-Reed told DailyMail.com the new charge is part of a ‘smear campaign’ against their client.
‘The special prosecutor has now resorted to charging Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with another offense not tied to the ‘Rust’ set or remotely related to it’ attorney Jason Bowles said in a statement.
‘Next week it will probably be something else they will dream up,’ he said.
Weapons expert Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has been charged with a separate gun charge unrelated to the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in October 2021
Alec Baldwin can be seen robustly discussing safety with cast and crew, firing guns, and acting in character in the never-before-seen footage from 2021
Adding: ‘This is now turned into a complete smear campaign against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and an attempt by the prosecutor to get any conviction possible because its ‘Rust’-related charges against Hannah are so weak.’
Gutierrez-Reed’s trial for the involuntary manslaughter charge, to which she has pleaded not guilty, is set to being in late February.
It comes as a series of previously unseen videos of Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust have been released.
In one clip reportedly taken just days before Hutchins death, Baldwin is seen filming in costume with a gun and telling an unknown person ‘I don’t want to shoot towards you’.
Baldwin can be seen robustly discussing safety with cast and crew, firing guns, and acting in character in the never-before-seen footage from 2021.
In two of the five videos exclusively obtained by NBC, Baldwin can be heard rearranging crew members after showing concern for their safety.
Baldwin was filming a scene inside a church days later when his Colt .45 fired and fatally shot cinematographer Hutchins.
The actor has repeatedly maintained in interviews that he did not pull the trigger.
Baldwin (second from left) was filming a scene inside a church days later when he pulled the trigger on his Colt .45 and fatally shot cinematographer Hutchins (center) on October 21, 2021
A final picture of Hutchins filming with Baldwin in the chapel where she was shot
The new videos, which run for seven minutes, were handed over from producers to prosecutors who are looking at re-charging Baldwin.
Special prosecutors dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin in April, after being informed that the gun in question may have been modified and therefore malfunctioned.
However, after new analysis of the weapon prosecutors will ask a grand jury to consider recharging Baldwin.
Last month, attorneys for Baldwin said that ‘it is unfortunate that a terrible tragedy has been turned into this misguided prosecution,’ adding, ‘we will answer any charges in court.’
In the first of the newly released videos, Baldwin can be seen lying on the ground holding a prop gun and heard saying ‘Halyna get out of’ before his voice trails off
He then continues by asking someone off camera to get on the ‘other side of the camera’ because ‘I don’t want to shoot towards you.’
In the second video Baldwin asks for a blanket to be placed next to him off-camera, where he can toss the gun aside, using it as a landing pad.
The third video shows Baldwin in character repeatedly firing a prop gun before he runs out of dummy rounds.
The videos show Baldwin discussing safety in the new footage recorded days before Hutchins (pictured) died after being shot with a live round fired from a prop gun during filming
‘One more, one more, one more. Right away, right away, let’s reload,’ he says in an attempt to get the scene to keep moving.
The clip ends on Baldwin then saying, ‘We should have had two guns and both of them reloading.’
In the fourth and fifth videos, Baldwin stops filming to check on the safety of a crew member who is walking backwards to film the scene.
In one, he can be heard expressing concern about the steepness of a path and asks the crew member to use a safer part of the trail.
In the other a cameraman falls and Baldwin is heard repeatedly asking, ‘Are you OK?’ before filming resumes.
The videos are among dozens that special prosecutors requested from Rust Movie Productions LLC and didn’t receive until October, a source claimed to the outlet.
It remains unclear how much footage prosecutors have reviewed or whether they’ve reviewed any of the five videos.
The five videos could be presented to the grand jury.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail